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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1950 Cowper Street
Ruth Stern Residence

inventory photo 1950 Cowper
Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken in 2012.

The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1985:

Physical appearance:   This long, low Spanish Colonial Revival house, one of a pair built for a mother and daughter client duo, presents a massive street facade with wrought iron window grilles. The landscaping treats the two houses as a single entity.

Significance:  Lucie Stern has the house built for her daughter Ruth. John and Frances Arrillaga acquired the property in 1978.

This is a superb example of the style by a major local architect, Birge Clark, and with 1990 Cowper, is an important piece of neighborhood planning.

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This house was built in 1932 and is a Category 1 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark. The builder was Wells Goodenough. Landscaping by Leslie Kiler. The property measures 143 by 247 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 11/28/31, 7/13/32, 1/18/46, 2/21/72; Palo Alto AAUW, ...Gone Tomorrow?; Birge Clark, "An Architect Grows Up in Palo Alto", 1984, p. 41–56, 65


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